Sault Tribe
  • - Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Sault Ste. Marie , MI, USA
  • $ 13.967 per hour without CDA - $15.368 per hour with CDA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time



The Teacher Aide, under the direction of the Early Childhood Program Manager or the Education and Disability Supervisor, assists the instructors in all aspects of the classroom operations including performing a variety of support and child supervision services to assist in the instruction and development of young children.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  • Assists in all phases of classroom operations including but not limited to: setting up and preparing classroom activities and working with groups of children.
  • Assists in the implementation of quality early childhood education experiences; following written lesson plans that incorporate reading, writing, math, science, language, culture, computers (when available), and other curriculum related areas.
  • Instructsand assists children either individually or in small or large groups to help them master skillsand reinforce learning concepts.
  • Conducts and records daily on-going observations and anecdotal notes used in the development of individualized teaching activities and maintaining Individual Child Portfolios.
  • Monitors and carries out behavior plans and interventions as determined by classroom staff, on-site consultants, and child's parents.
  • Assumes responsibility of the classroom operations in the absence of the instructors.              
  • Works with special needs children in order to ensure that IEP/IFSP needs are being met.
  • Performs record keeping functions such as daily signing in and out of children and meal attendance.
  • Communicates daily with families in a positive manner through notes, telephone, and personal contact about their child's daily activities, social emotional well-being, and health needs in order to foster a positive home school connection.                                                                       

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  • Evacuates children during emergency and monthly drills.
  • Maintains and sanitizes work areas by performing light janitorial work which includes sweeping, mopping, dusting and cleaning of bathroom, cleaning of tables, toys, equipment, etc.
  • Promotes everyday hygiene opportunities for children (tooth brushing, toileting, hand washing, etc) each day by modeling.
  • Administers personal care to children including diaper changing and toilet training.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assists with bus duties when needed                  
  • All other job-related duties as assigned.


Immediate peers, immediate supervisor/manager, customers, outside vendors/suppliers and Tribal community.


Position lifts 100 pounds with frequent lifting/carrying of 50 pounds. Physical factors include being able to constantly remain in stationary positions, being able to frequently lift and carry children 15 to 100 pounds, occasionally pushing and pulling of items heavy items such as strollers with children and dolly's with large boxes containing various items, being able to position ones self to work with and interact with children at their level, being able to distinguish verbal and non-verbal communication, being able to distinguish, perceive, judge, and inspect, or observe details at close  and far range, judge distance, detect what is occurring in immediate surroundings and being able to distinguish odors. Physical factors include occasional typing. Working conditions include constant noise from high traffic areas and active children and exposure to weather during outdoor activities.  Working conditions include contact with the general public and as such could be exposed to infectious agents, etc. Working conditions include constant contact with children, infectious exposure from diapering, toileting or sick children and occasional exposure to needles/syringes, computer use, medical equipment for special needs and equipment, insecticides/pesticides from outdoor areas and chemicals used for general purpose cleaning.  Must obtain an annual TB Test. Must be in good physical health as determined by physician.


Education: High school diploma or G.E.D. required.

Experience: Experience working with children and children with special needs preferred.

Certification/License: Must be able to obtain Child Development Association Certification (CDA) within 2 years of hire. Must be able to obtain CPR/First Aid certification within 1 year of hire. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Must maintain good moral standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge and understanding of the educational, social, nutrition, health, and overall basic needs of children 0-5 years old preferred. Knowledge of the Anishinabe Culture and language preferred. Must have excellent public relation/customer service skills and be able to exhibit friendly and positive attitude and establish and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supervisors, guests and volunteers.  Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisory personnel, coworkers and the general public. Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to work flexible schedule. Must have the ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to meet children's need on a daily basis.  Must have strong interpersonal skills.  Must maintain confidentiality.  Native American preferre

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